|The Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building.|
Before you even enter the building, you get a sense from the surrounding buildings that the architects used their full arsenal when designing the Engineering quad.
|The nearby Huang Engineering building, with arches, patios and a hexagonal library.|
|The nearby Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology - note the solar panels on the roof.|
|Innovation doesn't discriminate at Y2E2.|
There are four atria - each representing a different global system - and the offices and labs are clustered around these classifications.
|The green atrium basement - representing Fresh Water.|
|The blue atrium basement - representing Marine and Oceans.|
|Looking up from the blue atrium basement up to the sunlight above.|
|If you're going to commit to an idea, you might as well make it all-encompassing.|
|Text in the red atrium describing all of the energy efficiency innovations in Y2E2.|
|A monitor showing how energy efficient Y2E2 is being at any given time.|
|The scale for the efficiency light. |
Right now it's at the design goal. Y2E2 is using ~56% less energy than a typical office building.
|Of course, the savings aren't just limited to energy. Water gets in on the act too!|
After we visited Y2E2, my parents thought it was the most interesting part of campus. They expected the history and the prestige, but they hadn't grasped the attention to detail with which Stanford applies to every facet of its education.
In my welcome package, I received a letter that said:
We offer the finest faculty as teachers and mentors; abundant resources so you can pursue ideas you find intriguing; and our support for you to fully realize your aspirations. During your time at Stanford, remember that you are never alone. Ask for help when you need it, and you will find many people ready to extend a hand. Indeed, the entire University community takes responsibility for—and pride in—your success.In other words, we're giving you everything you need to succeed - now go do it.
From now on you can reap the benefits of Stanford’s reputation, and you have the reciprocal responsibility for adding to its legacy. We hope that this fact will inspire rather than intimidate you.